[ blogflash 5 : Patna ]

This post is overdue, but the blogs been struck by sluggishness: our blogmistri is on vacation, and then there’s the heat-wave that’s got much of north India in it’s thrall. Yesterday, Delhi was touching 43° C in the shade…

We’re here to report our preview at the Hindi Bhawan in Patna city, organised by the Jaya Prakash Smriti Sankalp and Lok Parishad, both Patna based groups with a strong comittment to keep open spaces for democratic debate. To those who may not have made this connection, Patna was home to the legendary Jayaprakash Narayan, outstanding son of Bihar (and India), and a man who was always fierce in his defence of democratic rights, and the rights of the under-privileged. JP’s resistance to the brazen misuse of power by Indira Gandhi, then at the height of her autocratic powers, and his role in the Nav Nirman (“building anew”) movement, in the call for Sampoorn Kranti (“total revolution”) and in the founding of the Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Vahini (“students and youth struggle force”) remain some of the high points of democratic politics in post-Independence India. He was also one of those rare Indian political leaders who had a clear position on Kashmir, and right from 1947 till he died almost 30 years later, JP always came out clearly and unambigously in favour of the right to Self-determination of the Kashmiri people.

The context may have had something to do with the excellent turnout on May 12th, and in a city that does not otherwise have a strong screening culture for documentaries, Jashn-e-Azadi gathered nearly 300 people in the spanking new Hindi Bhawan, in the heart of Patna city, a stone’s throw away from the Radio Station. (The hall has not yet been inaugurated, so the mint condition of the otherwise excellent infrastructure gave us some teething trouble: airconditioning in the first half, audio impedence in the second!) But we had more than a 100 people stay on for the discussion, which finally got over at 9.15 pm …

Apart from the excellent discussion, there was very good coverage in the many Hindi dailies that come out of Patna. Some of these are already cited in the Reviews/Reports section, and soon we will have a readable Hindi PDF, and perhaps even later, a translation as well.

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Jashn-e-Azadi is available through various online outlets like amazon

You can now buy a DVD of the film, or Download it and watch
More than two years in the making, Jashn-e-azadi [How We Celebrate Freedom], is a feature length documentary by film-maker Sanjay Kak which explores the implications of the struggle for Azadi, for freedom, in the Kashmir valley.

Click here to watch the Trailer

As India celebrates the 60th anniversary of it's Independence, this provocative and quietly disturbing new film raises questions about freedom in Kashmir, and about the degrees of freedom in India.

And here is a short Interview with the film-maker.

This Jashn-e-Azadi blog is an open forum for conversations about the film, about Kashmir, and about Azadi itself.

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previews

Festival screenings

Thiruvananthapuram
May 26, 2008 / International Video Festival of Kerala
Munich
Apr 28, 2008 / Dok.Fest
Amsterdam
Feb 10, 2008 / Himalaya Film Festival
Amsterdam
Nov 28, 2007 / International Documentary Festival
Kathmandu
Oct 12, 2007 / Film South Asia
Delhi
July 22, 2007 / Osian’s Cinefan film festival

Previous Previews

London
7 Dec 2007 / School of Oriental & African Studies & Sacred Media Cow
Leeds
6 Dec 2007 / Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds
Egham, Surrey
3 Dec 2007 / Royal Holloway, University of London
New Delhi
26 Nov 2007 / Russian Centre of Science & Culture & Magic Lantern Foundation

New Jersey
Oct 5, 2007 / College of New Jersey
New York City
Oct 4, 2007 / Columbia School of Journalism
Austin
Oct 2, 2007 / University of Texas
Philadelphia
Sep 28, 2007 / Temple University
Philadelphia
Sep 27, 2007 / University of Pennsylvania
New York State
Sep 26, 2007 / Vassar College
New York City
Sep 25, 2007 / New School for Social Research
Boston
Sep 23, 2007 @ MIT
Toronto
Sep 22, 2007 / SALDA
Toronto
Sep 21, 2007 / University of Toronto
New Haven
Sep 20, 2007 / Yale University
Minneapolis
Sep 18, 2007 / University of Minnesota

Hyderabad
Aug 10, 2007 / Pure Docs, Prasad Preview, Banjara Hills

interrupted previews!! [[ MUMBAI ...
July 27, 2007 (Fri)
Vikalp: Films for Freedom @ Bhupesh Gupta Bhawan, 85 Sayani Road, Prabhadevi
July 30, 2007 (Mon)
Vikalp: Films for Freedom @ Prithvi House, Juhu...]]

Bangalore
July 14, 2007 / Institute of Agrl. Technologies, Queens Road
Bangalore
July 13, 2007 / Centre for Film & Drama, Millers Road
Nashik
June 13, 2007, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Hall
Pune
June 12, 2007, National Film Archive of India Auditorium
Guwahati
May 29, 2007, Blue Moon Hotel
Shillong
May 26, 2007, Assam Club, Laban
Patna
May 12, 2007, Hindi Bhavan Hall
Srinagar
March 31, 2007, Tagore Hall
New Delhi
March 23, 2007, Sarai-CSDS
New Delhi
March 13, 2007, India Habitat Center

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